Authors & Illustrators Born in the Month of September: Jessie Willcox Smith • September 6th

What a pleasure to celebrate the birthday of this favorite!

Vintage Magazine cover illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith

Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935).

"During the early 1900s paintings by Jessie Willcox Smith illustrated handsome editions of children’s classics, including “Little Women,” “The Water Babies,” ”At the Back of the North Wind,” “The Princess and the Goblin,” “Heidi,” “A Child’s Garden of Verses,” and “The Night before Christmas.” Smith was a pupil of Howard Pyle, and, like many artists in the late 1880s, began her career illustrating stories in magazines. This led to her doing cover illustrations for “Good Housekeeping,” and until Norman Rockwell came along in more recent times with his paintings for “the Saturday Evening Post,” she was the only artist whose work was used consistently on the cover of a national magazine –over 180 paintings in fifteen consecutive years. Her subjects were children, playing, dreaming, doing –often in family and school scenes– and were presented for the most part without sentimentality." -Lee Kingman, “Children’s Books and Their Creators”

Cover Illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith for the Fall Issue of a Vintage Magazine

Cover Illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith for the Spring Issue of a Vintage Magazine

Jessie Willcox Smith has always been a great favorite of ours at the Laughing Elephant and has been consistently popular with our customers since we began in 1970 on our mission to bring wonderful vintage illustrations back to the attention of the world.

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Illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith for "A Child's Garden of Verses"

Vintage Magazine Cover Illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith